Hospital food listeria deaths blamed on ’10 years of austerity and massive cuts’
Ben Gelblum - 23 August 2019
“Systematic failures” in public health led to the deaths of nearly 20 people including five linked to an outbreak of listeria, according to a former health chief.
Independent public health consultant Professor John Ashton described 17 deaths linked to separate outbreaks of listeria and streptococcus earlier this year as “serious failures” of the public health system.
The former north west regional director of public health from 1993 and 2006 said that since responsibility for public health moved to local government in 2013 public health establishments had been “whittled away” while budgets and salaries had been cut “dramatically”.... See more